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Statement from the Prime Minister's Press Office

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Abbott, Tony

Period of Service: 18/09/2013 to 15/09/2015

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Release Date: 17/12/2014

Release Type: Statement

Transcript ID: 31849

From a spokesperson for the Prime Minister:

During national security briefings, Commonwealth security officials informed the Prime Minister that the National Police Reference System (the database administered by CrimTrac that holds all state and territory police records) indicated that the perpetrator of the Martin Place siege had been a recorded firearms licence holder within the jurisdiction of NSW. 

The AFP Commissioner is investigating the origins of the entry on the National Police Reference System.

All matters relating to the perpetrator’s access to firearms will be investigated as part of the Review announced today.



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